I have for your consideration a fantastic American Belleek tall vase bearing the Ceramic Art Company palette mark 3 (circa 1889-1906). I can find no signature on this gorgeous example; however, the stunning colors and execution of the poppies indicate that the artist was indeed an accomplished china painter.
This incredible two handled vase/urn stands an impressive 17" tall, and both the base and mouth spread out to nearly 5.25" in diameter. The base and footed stem are covered in shades of a mottled rich brown which I understand from various reference books and research on china painters and their techniques was used to represent the soil from which their floral subjects sprouted. Moving upwards, the brown turns a mellow shade of caramel and soft yellow with splashes of orange. The color eventually fades to celery green as it reaches the neck and mouth area. Using this warm palette as their canvas, the artist hand paints magnificently large apricot, orange, purple and white poppies with their green centers dotted with black, yellow and brown stamen. The apricot poppy appears delicately thin and transparent with tinges on purple near the center. Adding a sense of texture fuzzy haired green pods waiting to burst open are interspersed throughout the floral decor. Two large feathery green leaves adorn the reverse side and bring a sense of lightness and whimsy. Ornately scrolled handles can be found on either side of the vase/urn and attached at the bottom with raised beaded detailing and at the top meeting the neck of the vase/urn with scrolled flourishes.
The vase/urn is in pristine condition. There are no paint flicks, paint loss, scuffs or scratches. There are no chips or flea bites. There are no cracks, hairlines or spiders. Whether you are a collector of Belleek or hand painted poppy items this would surely be a statement piece!
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